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Vacation TV Spin-Off The Griswolds Is Coming to HBO Max

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Clark Griswold and family are heading to the small screen, as WarnerMedia has put into development a comedy series for HBO Max called The Griswolds. Johnny Galecki, who played Rusty Griswold in Christmas Vacation, is executive producing The Griswolds with The Middle scribe Tim Hobert writing the series. As it sounds, the half-hour single camera sitcom is based on National Lampoon's Vacation movies, following the day to day lives of the Griswolds when they come home to the Chicago suburbs after their shenanigan-filled vacations.

There have been five official Vacation movies developed by National Lampoon at this point, with each installment featuring Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo in the roles of Clark and Ellen Griswold. Randy Quaid and Miriam Flynn both show up often in the movie series as well as their friends and neighbors, Eddie and Catherine Johnson. There is also Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie's Island Adventure, which
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Vacation Spinoff Series The Griswolds Set for HBO Max

Joseph Baxter Dec 12, 2019

HBO Max bringing back the Vacation film franchise’s Griswold family in a spinoff series produced by Johnny Galecki.

The Griswolds are taking the holiday road to HBO Max!

The Vacation film franchise – after five theatrically-released films and a TV movie – is set to make its serial television debut for the premium cable channel’s 2020-launching platform, HBO Max, with a single-camera comedy spinoff titled The Griswolds. Interestingly, one of the driving forces behind this small screen venture is a former member of its eponymous family, Big Bang Theory star Johnny Galecki, who’s executive-producing.

Galecki will join the project’s primary driving force, Tim Hobert, who’s writing the script and executive-producing, with Galecki onboard via his Alcide Bava shingle, which will also be represented in executive-producer capacity by head Holly Brown as well as producer Cory Wood. The Griswolds will manifest as part of Galecki
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National Lampoon's Vacation TV Show The Griswolds in Development at HBO Max, From Ep Johnny Galecki

Pack your bags and cue up “Holiday Road,” because The Griswolds are returning to a TV near you.

A television series based on the National Lampoon’s Vacation films is in the works at HBO Max, Variety reports. The potential single-camera comedy would follow members of the titular clan after they return home from their vacation, and focus on their lives in the suburbs of modern-day Chicago.

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'Vacation' Reboot Eyes Leslie Mann as Audrey Griswold

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'Vacation' Reboot Eyes Leslie Mann as Audrey Griswold
Casting on the Vacation reboot continues to hum along, with Leslie Mann in talks to play Audrey Griswold, daughter of Clark and Ellen and sister to Rusty.

Ed Helms is the star of the movie, playing Rusty Griswold, as he and his wife (Christina Applegate) plan their own WallyWorld vacation. The film will also include appearances by original stars Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo as the Griswold Grandparents.

Vacation begins shooting next week in Louisiana. Chris Hemsworth is in negotiations to star as Aubrey's boyfriend. And Charlie Day will play a river guide.

John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein will make their joint directorial debut on the comedy from a screenplay they wrote themselves. John Hughes wrote the original 1983 Vacation, which was directed by Harold Ramis.

Leslie Mann will be the fifth actress to play Audrey Griswold. Dana Barron originated the role in the first installment, and returned to reprise
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'It's a Wonderful Life' and 7 other Christmas classics with sequels

'It's a Wonderful Life' and 7 other Christmas classics with sequels
With the announcement of a possible sequel to It’s a Wonderful Life, the Internet is abuzz with everyone and anyone’s opinion. But the 1946 Jimmy Stewart-starring film isn’t the first holiday classic to get the sequel treatment. Some are just as spirited as their predecessors; others are the cinematic equivalent to getting coal in your stocking.

We break down seven sequels to holiday favorites to see how they fare before It’s a Wonderful Lie: The Rest of the Story joins their ranks.

A Christmas Story 2 (2012)

The Original: A Christmas Story (1983)

The Sequel: Set five years after the original,
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Chevy Chase hoping to take another Vacation

This might come as a surprise to some of our younger readers out there, but Chevy Chase used to be really funny. The former Saturday Night Live star enjoyed a run of successful comedies in the 1980s, starring in films such as Caddyshack, ¡Three Amigos!, the Vacation series and Fletch before his career nosedived during the following decade, leading to horrendous efforts like Cops and Robbersons. Chase has been making a bit of a comeback lately, earning acclaim for his role in the TV series Community along with big screen roles in the likes of Hot Tub Time Machine, and now he’s been talking to Collider about the possibility of returning to two of his most popular characters.

“I’ve written an idea that would be basically like a ‘Swiss Family Griswold,’ said Chase, confirming that he and on-screen wife Beverly D’Angelo have been working on a script for a fifth Vacation adventure.
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5 Ways "X-Men First Class" Is Like A Startup Business

How do you reboot the concept of a reboot? With a director who values originality, leadership, a strong team, and the power of rabid fans to say whatever the hell they want (as long as they're saying something). Sound like any successful entrepreneurs you know?

By the time a film series gets to its fifth installment, the last throes of a franchise usually fall somewhere in between disappointment (Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones), or blatantly shameful money grabs (National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie’s Island Adventure). But now there’s the curious case of X-Men: First Class.

The X-Men franchise, though still profitable, hasn’t creatively evolved since the second film, X2, which was released almost a decade ago. Critics have largely panned subsequent strains of the mutant flicks, including Brett Ratner’s X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) and X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009). First Class is
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Next 'Vacation' Movie to Focus on Rusty Griswold

Warner Bros. is passing the torch of its "National Lampoon's Vacation" franchise to subsidiary New Line Cinema, which is appropriate since the series itself is making a similar generational transition. According to The Hollywood Reporter, following four installments focused on Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) and family during different vacations -- plus one spin-off involving a holiday taken by the motley clan of Cousin Eddie (Randy Quaid) -- the franchise has been inherited by Clark's son Rusty, who now has a family of his own.

Rusty Griswold has been played by four different actors throughout the series' run. Anthony Michael Hall was the first to play the son, appropriate since the original film was scripted and based on a short story by the late John Hughes, who went on to turn the kid into a star with roles in "Sixteen Candles," "Weird Science" and "The Breakfast Club."

Hughes also wrote the first two sequels,
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15 Ludicrous Straight-to-dvd Sequels That Actually Exist

It's a long standing tradition in Hollywood of course to play it safe rather than risk making something completely original. Sequels? Remakes? Movies based on old TV shows or even toys? Yeah, you know what I'm talking about. Many is the time we've all rolled our eyes at the notion of a favorite film being needlessly sequelized but the very bottom of the sequel barrel is the straight-to-dvd kind.

Over at Moviefone Kevin Polowy has assembled a list of 15 Ludicrous Straight-to-dvd Sequels That Actually Exist. Some aren't all that surprising. The kids' video market seems to have lots of these so Lady and the Tramp 2: Scamp's Adventure and Dr. Doolittle: Million Dollar Mutts (actually the fifth in the series) don't completely blindside me. On the other hand, did the world really need National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie's Island Adventure with Randy Quaid boosted to headliner? The biggest
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